GenZ Talks seminar 2019 - videos available

Thursday, June 6, 2019

GenZ Talks seminar: Strengthening human capabilities in the new digital era

How is human competence strengthened? How do we get technology to serve human and not the other way around? These topical issues related to digital transformation are discussed at GenZ Talks seminar at the University of Oulu on June 6th.

GenZ Talks is a series of events in which international top researchers and experts in the GenZ area will be invited to Oulu to give a talk and participate in the GenZ Hub activities. The event is targeted to researchers and stakeholders interested in humans in the digital future.

The first GenZ Talks takes place on June 6th, 2019, at the University of Oulu, lecture hall L2. The keynote talks will be given by professor Elizabeth Stokoe, Loughborough University, professor Timo Honkela, University of Helsinki and Dr. Sam Inkinen.


12.00 Coffee

12.15 – 12.25 Welcome and opening words: Director of the GenZ project, Prof. Pentti Haddington, University of Oulu

12.30 – 13.00 Dr. Sam Inkinen: Humans in digital futures – Aspects, approaches, key notions

13.05 – 13.35 Prof. Timo Honkela, University of Helsinki: The impact of cognitive technology for human value, communication and identity

13.40 – 14.10 Prof. Elizabeth Stokoe, Loughborough University: Can humans simulate talking like other humans?

14.15 – 14.30 Discussant: Prof. Pentti Haddington

14.30 – 15.15 Panel discussion with the keynote speakers and researchers from the University of Oulu: How to strengthen humanity in the new digital era?  Moderator: Simo Kekäläinen

15.20 – Reception & networking (Business Kitchen)

Videos of GenZ Talks 2019 are available here



Elizabeth Stokoe is Professor of Social Interaction in the School of Social Sciences at Loughborough University; Professor II at University of South-Eastern Norway, and an Industry Fellow at Typeform. She uses conversation analysis to understand how talk works - from first dates to medical communication and from sales encounters to hostage negotiation. Outside the university, she runs workshops with doctors, mediators, salespeople, police and other professionals using her research-based communication training method called the "Conversation Analytic Role-play Method". She is a WIRED Innovation Fellow and her research and biography were featured on the BBC Radio 4’s The Life Scientific. In addition to publishing over 120 scientific papers and books, she is passionate about science communication, translating the world of conversation analysis for audiences of all kinds. She has given TED, New Scientist, Google, and Royal Institution lectures, and performed at Latitude and Cheltenham Science Festivals. Her book, Talk: The Science of Conversation, is published by Little, Brown (2018).

Timo Honkela has served as Professor for Research in Digital Resources at University of Helsinki since 2014 and currently as Research Director. This field of study includes research into the use of linguistic and other resources in the humanities and social sciences, as well as development of new kinds of methods and approaches for representing and analyzing humanistic research data. In particular, Honkela is interested in the subjectivity involved in human understanding and behavior, stressing the role of mathematical and computational modeling that takes into account the complexity and dynamic natural of linguistics, cultural, mental and societal phenomena. Earlier Honkela served as a chief research scientist at the Department of Information and Computer Science, Aalto University School of Science, where he was the head of the Computational Cognitive Systems research group. His book Peace Machine (Rauhankone) was published in Finnish in October 2017.

Sam Inkinen is a well-known Finnish media scholar, futurologist, lecturer, writer, journalist and consultant. He has lectured in various academic, cultural and business contexts to all kinds of audiences and has acted as an advisor for various organizations, communities and R&D&I projects. Dr. Inkinen has written, co-written, edited or co-edited dozens of books – e.g. Mediapolis. Aspects of Texts, Hypertexts and Multimedial Communication (Walter de Gruyter 1999), The Integrated Media Machine (1999–2005), Framtiden i nuet. Om konsten att möta get okända (2003), Kyborgin käsikirja. Havaintoja informaatiosta, ihmisestä ja koneesta, elämästä ja älykkyydestä (2007), The Illuminating Traveler. Expressions of the Ineffability of the Sublime (2008), Understanding Innovation Dynamics. Aspects of Creative Processes, Foresight Strategies, Innovation Media, and Innovation Ecosystems (2009), FUTUAeroport II – Visions and Futures of Service Landscape and Innovations at Tomorrow’s Airport (2014) and Kokeellinen kameleonttikuluttaja (2018). As a distinguished “man of letters” Sam Inkinen has also written a great number of articles and columns for popular magazines and other important media forums. His areas of expertise include, e.g., the media and information society, futures technologies, cyber security, digital cultures and arts, electronic aesthetics, creative processes and innovation dynamics & ecosystems.

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University of Oulu, lecture hall L2

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Last updated: 27.2.2020